Warner Records’ Director of Streaming Partnerships Ben Farber is the biggest blink-182 fan that I know… And that’s saying a lot as I know quite a few super-fans. Anyway, we decided to rank blink’s pre-2005 hiatus album catalog in a 100 percent subjective manner.
BF: This debut album is the definition of so-cal garage pop-punk.
SW: That means a lot coming from a no-cal person.
BF: Is that a word?
SW: Is fentoozler a word?
BF: Haha. It is now. Back to “Carousel”. It has certainly stood the test of time, and I love that blink-182 re-recorded it on the next mention.
Cheshire Cat (1995)
SW: Better. Buddha.
BF: I concur, Mr. Waldman.
SW: Thanks, Peggy Sue.
BF: “Wasting Time” is my favorite song on Cheshire Cat.
SW: I like how Tom says the word “time”.
SW: Yup. I also like Mest’s album Wasting Time.
BF: Wasting Toime.
BF: This record is raw and polished at the same time.
SW: You just blew my mind. We’re just about done here.
BF: I love that this album features a song about me.
- Dude Ranch (1997)
SW: Mr. Farber, that joke was pathetic.
BF: Dammit, Scott! Stop being so boring.
SW: I’m sorry. I’m a degenerate.
BF: Can I have a new hope for the rest of this article?
SW: This was the first blink album that I ever heard.
BF: It was handed to me as a cassette tape by my buddy Glen. Thank you, Glen.
SW: Thank you, Glen. And fuck you if you claim that you heard Cheshire Cat first. You. Are. Lying.
BF: That doesn’t make feel enthused.
SW: What doesn’t make me feel enthused is that most people think that this is a self-titled Blink record. It is an UNTITLED Blink record. End rant.
BF: Scott, I’m feeling this. Isn’t it obvious?
SW: You’re next to me right now, but I miss you.
BF: (sings Ba dum dum)
SW: Dude. Dude. DUDE. Blink got Robert Smith from The Cure to sing on this album.
BF: I was down for that.
SW: I was down for the band’s musical progression. It’s a shame that the band split shortly after the record.
BF: That was the day that I decided that I was lost without them.
SW: Speaking of making people upset…
Enema Of The State (1999)
BF: Fuck you, Scott. The next album on this list is Enema Of The State but I am not going to talk about this album and neither will you.
SW: Ok, Farber. I guess this is “Words From A Farber” now. Fuck you too. You suck.
BF: Indeed. Immaletufinish, but The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show is the best live album of all time.
SW: I don’t disagree, but fuck you.
BF: No, fuck you. “Man Overboard” is a better song than you.
SW: I have no counterargument.
BF: Ok, I caved. This album changed my life. I am not joking.
SW: Ok, I’ll cave too: Fuck you, Ben.
BF: I love you, Scott.
Take Off Your Pants And Jacket (2001)
SW: I love this album. It’s perfect and peak Blink.
BF: It was very difficult for me to rank ANY album above Enema, but I do agree: This album is when Blink was at its finest.
SW: Anthem part three.
Bam. Enjoy this Spotify playlist at least nine times, and, uh, go: https://open.spotify.com/user/124459245/playlist/61ZEKPoCnc6IO5z01eaB5A?si=L0JSHTmpSuKbIABROSxeVw.